OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Like other non-essential businesses, OZ Tyler Distillery closed its doors to the public a few months ago, but the facility opened back up on Wednesday
Erin McNally was there as they took visitors on the first tour and tasting since March.
Officials with the bourbon hot spot says they’re making changes to accommodate for social distancing.
Instead of 20 people, tour sizes are being condensed to 10 people at the max.
Jacob Call, a master distiller at O.Z. Tyler Distillery, says smaller groups may actually make for a more personal experience.
“Our tour is kind of a hands-on tour,” Call said. “You get to go behind the scenes a lot, so I think it’ll be, in some regards, better for our visitors to be able to ask maybe some questions they may not ask otherwise.”
In addition to smaller tours, there are six-foot distance markers in place. Officials say masks are also required in the bottling area and inside the distillery.
One thing that still remains the same are the tastings at the end of each tour, but now with plastic cups instead of glass. Officials say after being open just one day, the demand for tours is high.
“The demand for tours has been very strong,” Call said. “We’re booked out today. I know we have a lot of tours today and even throughout the week. We have a lot of tours so be sure to book online.”
Walk-in tours are not available at this time. Officials with the distillery ask that groups book their tours online in advance.
Tours run at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Their gift shop is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
To book a reservation for a tour, people can head to OZ Tyler’s website.